Wisconsin Executive Weighs In From Paris Climate Change Summit

Johnson Controls VP Says Many Challenges Remain


Wisconsinites at the climate change talks in Paris say they’re optimistic about the conference reaching an agreement to reduce emissions that contribute to global warming, but, there are challenges, too.

Faculty from the University of Wisconsin, as well as local business executives are among those at the climate talks. Clay Nesler, of Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, said there’s still no agreement on a target number for an acceptable rise in global temperatures.

“That takes a lot of work to come up with language that essentially bridges these differences, and that is the nature of the discussion today,” he said.

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Nesler also said there’s still no deal on the amount of money nations and donors will provide to poorer countries to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nesler said donors are looking for transparency in how the money will be spent. The climate talks will last through next week.